Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

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Mental illness and the social determinants in a negative cycle

It is important to notice that social determinants such as poverty and associated conditions of unemployment, low educational level and discriminated/stigmatized groups are all strong markers for mental illnessMental illness and these social determinants are considered to interact in a negative cycle. Using poverty as an example, not only is the risk of mental illness among people who live in poverty higher, but so too is the likelihood that those living with mental illness will drift into or remain in poverty.  The same argument applies to discrimination, human rights abuse, violent victimization and social exclusion, which are far more likely to be experienced by people with mental health problems than those in the population as a whole.